Alex Scally & Victoria Legrand of Beach House pulled together a group of musicians that could be described as nothing short of a “supergroup” to perform the legendary Gene Clark’s lost classic No Other January 22-26, 2014! This “supergroup” consists of Alex and Victoria from Beach House, Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear), Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Iain Matthews (Plainsong/Fairport Convention), and more! That’s right, even MORE than that. If you’re not already familiar with Gene Clark’s No Other, you’re in for a treat. Even if you already know alllll about No Other, you’re still in for a treat—treats all around!
Here’s a little more info about the shows, dates, and record.
Ticket links available here
Watch the trailer for The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark.
“How could a record this good, this gorgeous, this inspired exist for almost 20 years without you even having heard of it?”—Melody Maker (1995)
“I really consider No Other a great album myself, I’m very proud of it. But I was very disappointed and let down after its release that it didn’t go any further than it did—and I don’t even know all the reasons.”—Gene Clark
Gene Clark was a founding member of The Byrds, one of the most influential bands of the 1960s. After leaving The Byrds, he released numerous solo albums throughout the ‘60s, ’70s, and ’80s, before his death in 1991. Though we generally love all of his music, we are most infatuated with his 1974 record, No Other. It feels like a special moment in Gene Clark’s songwriting. At first, the overdone, studio nature of the album feels overbearing: the electric violin, the female chorus, the bass riffs, the layered guitar sequences. However, with more listens, Gene Clark’s very unique lyrics, voice and spirit become the central focus. It’s one of those records where each time you listen, you love a different song the most. Every song is nuanced and amazing in its own way.
When No Other was released in September of 1974, it received a lot of bad reviews, most criticizing its studio excess. There was also a general lack of support from the label as they saw the record as not having any “hits.” Ultimately, the album came to be seen as a critical and commercial failure. Therefore, a lot of people of its generation don’t really know the record. Throughout the years since, many have dug the record up and fallen in love with it. We are certainly two of those people and we hope that the tour we are organizing to play the record live will spread awareness of the album even more.
The show will consist of the entire record played, note for note, from start to finish. Gene Clark’s lead parts will be sung by four singers that we admire very much: Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Iain Matthews of Plainsong/Fairport Convention, and Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen. To be able to play each part on the album, we are assembling a ten-person band and chorus comprised of musicians we know in Baltimore, including members of Lower Dens, Wye Oak, Celebration, and Mt. Royal. We feel incredibly excited and lucky to be working with such a stellar group of singers, friends and musicians (listed below), without whose help, this complicated and unconventional tour would never be possible.
A special edit of Four Sons Productions’ new documentary, The Byrd Who Flew Alone, focusing on No Other, will precede these performances, providing more insight into the story of the making of No Other.
DJ BLT, aka Brad Truax (Soldiers of Fortune, Black Mountain, Spiritualized), will open the night with a set of No Other-related ’70s music.
Thanks for reading,
Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention / Plainsong)
Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes)
Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear)
Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen)
Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak)
Victoria Legrand (Beach House)
Steve Strohmeier (Chris Cohen, Cass McCombs, Beach House) – Lead Guitar
Walker Teret (Lower Dens, Cass McCombs, Celebration) – Acoustic Lead
Geoff Graham (Lower Dens, 13 Falls) – Acoustic Two
Alex Scally (Beach House) – Bass
Dominic Matar (Carloman) – Piano
Sean Antanaitis (Celebration) – Organ/Synths/Guitar
Mike Lowry (Mt. Royal) – Drums
Tony Drummond (Celebration)
Jan. 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Jan. 23 – Baltimore, MD – Floristree
Jan. 24 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Jan. 25 – New York, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jan. 26 – New York, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Purchase tickets here
Here at Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA sometimes we like to look at magazines about music. One of those magazines about music is SPIN. And, we’re pretty sure that we know the guy on the cover of the May 2011 issue of SPIN. Consider the evidence…
— For starters, there is, on the cover of the May 2011 issue of SPIN, a big picture of a guy who looks STRIKINGLY like Robin Pecknold from the band Fleet Foxes (whose kind of amazing 2nd record, Helplessness Blues, we are putting out on May 3rd). The resemblance is uncanny.
— And then! There’s the following clue made of words, also on the cover of this May 2011 issue of SPIN: “Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes and the making of the year’s most beautiful album.”
It’s got to be him, right? Just this side of reading the cover story within the actual magazine, we’re fairly confident it is.
When you are a world-famous record label like we are, you get used to seeing the artists you work with on the cover of magazines like SPIN all the time. So, it’s not as though this is a big deal to us or anything. At all. But, you guys might be impressed.
Fleet Foxes Announce the Release of Second Album, Helplessness Blues, Out May 3rd, 2011
& Tour Dates in North America, London and Europe
On May 3rd Fleet Foxes will release Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop/Bella Union), the much-anticipated follow up to their 2008 self-titled debut. The release of the twelve-track album will coincide with the band’s first North American tour dates since August 2009 followed by a string of UK and European dates. The tour will begin in Vancouver on April 30th and end in London England. More tour information, including North American ticket pre-sale, provided below. Fleet Foxes have made the title-track of the album available for download now.
Helplessness Blues was recorded over the course of a year at Avast Recording, Bear Creek Studios, Dreamland Studios, and Reciprocal Recording. The album was recorded and mixed by Phil Ek and co-produced by Fleet Foxes and Ek. The piece that appears on the album cover was illustrated by Seattle artist Toby Liebowitz and painted by Chris Alderson. Fleet Foxes is Robin Pecknold, Skyler Skjelset, Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott, Josh Tillman and Morgan Henderson.
Pre-order the album here.
Fleet Foxes North American Tour
Beginning Tuesday, February 1st at 9:00 AM Pacific time, tickets can be purchased online at fleetfoxes.com. Ticket prices will vary. Fleet Foxes pre-sale tickets are available while supplies last.
04/30/11 Sat – Vancouver BC @ The Vogue Theatre
05/01/11 Sun – Portland OR @ Crystal Ballroom
05/03/11 Tue – Seattle WA @ Moore Theatre
05/05/11 Thu – Oakland CA @ Fox Theater
05/06/11 Fri – San Diego CA @ Spreckels Theatre
05/07/11 Sat – Hollywood CA @ Hollywood Palladium
05/08/11 Sun – Tucson AZ @ Rialto Theatre
05/10/11 Tue – Austin TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
05/11/11 Wed – Dallas TX @ Palladium Ballroom
05/13/11 Fri – Nashville TN @ Ryman Auditorium
05/14/11 Sat – Atlanta GA @ The Tabernacle
05/15/11 Sun – Washington DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
05/17/11 Tue – Boston MA @ Orpheum Theatre
05/18/11 Wed – New York NY @ The United Palace Theatre
05/21/11 Sat – Upper Darby PA @ Tower Theatre
UK and European Tour
05/25/11 Wed – Berlin, Germany @ Astra
05/26/11 Thu – Munich, Germany @ Dachau Summer of Music
05/28/11 Sat – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
05/30/11 Mon – Paris, France @ Bataclan
05/31/11 Tue – London, England @ Hammersmith Apollo
Wondering how one of Sub Pop’s favorite non-profits, the Vera Project, has been holding up? Well, despite the dreary economy, swine flu and all the other downers out there today, the Vera Project is thriving with amazing shows including a solo show by none other than Robin Pecknold of that one band, what are they called…Fleet Foxes, as part of the annual A Drink for the Kids fundraiser! Last year alone over 37,000 people came through Vera’s doors, and over 1,000 people volunteered and took classes at Vera. Vera exists because of the people who support it, be they volunteers, contributing artists or donors. Music and art help all of us get through doldrums, economic or otherwise, and Vera continues to keep music and art accessible and affordable to people of all ages in the city of Seattle.
Nonetheless, Vera is seeing the effects of the weak economy. Vera relies on donations from individuals, businesses and private foundations for over 63% of our annual income. With foundation and corporate giving down due to a hurting stock market and rough economy, Vera needs your support right now.
You can be part of the Vera Project’s 2009 Spring Fund Drive! This month we are asking you, as true and sincere friends of all-ages music and youth-driven art, to help raise $20,000 for Vera. To countless people in the Seattle area Vera is a stable place for awesome all-ages shows, a place to meet friends and like-minded artists, a place to learn skills in music and arts production and a place to launch careers in the music, arts and non-profit industries. By supporting Vera you will help keep Seattle’s music and arts community strong and contribute to the lives of tens of thousands of young people. Please donate now!
For the first time on our website, we have a Fleet Foxes t-shirt available. We are a bit nervous that our site won’t be able to handle the extra e-traffic generated by the high-demand for these t-shirts. I guess what I’m saying is, get em while you can.